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2010 Resident Volunteer Award: T. Peter Kingham

Dr. Kingham with a postoperative patient in Malawi.

T. Peter Kingham, MD, of New York, NY, received the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award for outreach during residency for his work as co-founder and president of Surgeons OverSeas (SOS). SOS was founded in 2007 to save lives in developing countries by improving surgical care, and has already brought about improvements in medical infrastructure, most notably in Sierra Leone. Its programs include assisting the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health in developing a surgical residency program that will produce the first surgical resident in the country in thirty years; creation of a mass casualty disaster training course for developing countries; and coordination of surgical missions and supply containers. Through such activities, SOS has created a model of surgical development that it will share with other organizations to collaborate in improving medical infrastructure around the world.

As the president of SOS, Dr. Kingham assumed responsibility for program management, strategic planning, leading the board of directors, and fundraising—all while pursuing his surgical training. He recently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, where he has joined the faculty of the Hepatopancreatobiliary Service in the Department of Surgery.